Today we finally got around to recording the commentary for our last film, Little Women. It's been over six months since we premiered it last fall, and the DVD is looooong overdue. I think it will prove worth the wait though. The commentary (from director, cinematographer and...director #2?) is peppered with humor, fun facts about filming, and even some useful tips for beginning moviemakers. My two co-producers (all three of us have half a dozen differant titles) felt that they could have recorded twice as much as we did, but I felt that we covered the important things without becoming repetative. The film itself is about 55 minutes, which is a good length for our audience. We have something substantial and therefore can show that we're capable of difficult things- and yet it's not so long that our "fans" can't find time in their busy lives to watch it.
We had a bit of a scare in the beginning. Well, two actually. First of all we weren't sure whether we actually had a burned copy of the final cut. That resulted in a bit of a scramble as both my brother and I dug through our extensive CD collections to find a workable copy. Thankfully our commentary recorder already had it on his computer so we were safe.
Secondly the tornado siren went off in our area and we could actually see some cloud formations that looked rather dangerous. It was very windy. But, that too was nothing worse than a heavy rain and we were able to proceed as planned.
The cool thing about this time (we've done two other commentaries for our previous films) was that we were able to watch the film on a huge screen! Our recordist has a projecter that projected the film onto a large stretch of blank wall. The quality wasn't the best, but it was a pretty cool way to do the recording!
And then after that we watched the last 15 minutes or so of LWW on the same projector...so cool to see it on the big screen! (It was the extended version too, which I had not seen before). So over all a pretty cool day.